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A SEX offender who made more than 11,000 indecent images of children was caught secretly filming a girl at an amusement arcade.

Patrick MacKenzie was clocked by staff at South Parade Pier in Southsea who called police.

Officers later discovered he had 617 indecent movies of children on computer equipment – 200 of which were at one of the most serious levels.

Another 10,566 images at the lowest indecency level were found on equipment seized from his Bramble Road home in Southsea.

MacKenzie, 31, had also filmed up the skirt of a girl aged between eight and 10 in a shop in a movie saved on his phone. All of the victims were aged 14 and under.

He was sentenced to a community order, put under supervision and told to pay £400 costs and attend a sex offenders’ treatment assessment programme.

MacKenzie must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and was given a sex offences prevention order.

The court heard he told police he was ‘sometimes attracted to young girls’, however it was unclear exact what MacKenzie meant by the term ‘young girls’.

Barry McElduff, defending, said MacKenzie told the author of a pre-sentence report he ‘couldn’t stop himself’.

Mr McElduff said: ‘He effectively said he found it exciting, then he would be disgusted with himself but in effect couldn’t stop accessing the material.’

MacKenzie, who has no previous convictions, admitted taking an indecent image of a child and 15 counts of making indecent images of a child. The images and associated equipment are to be destroyed.

Addressing MacKenzie, Roger Hetherington, sentencing, said: ‘I have no doubt that you did this because you were bored and derived excitement and some sexual gratification from this sort of activity.’

He added: ‘You have some insight, but only a limited insight into the nature of your offending and the consequences for the unfortunate girls who were photographed or filmed in this way.’